Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Written by:
Jon Krakauer
Narrated by:
Scott Brick

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2003
12 hours 33 minutes
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. • Now an acclaimed FX limited series streaming on HULU.

“Fantastic.... Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. 

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
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Melissa W.

This book was very interesting, but some parts were really hard to get though. Overall, good book, I would listen to it again.

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This is a LOT about the history of the Mormon Church - well cited with research. If you believe in the LDS Church, it may cause you to question your faith in the church.

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Jessica H.

Fascinating story. A bit long.

Incredible and provocative insights into the long and storied history of the moronism and the implications of a religion built on personal revelation and the chaos that springs from it. I wasn't particularly interested in the history of Mormonism when I started and was more interested in the introductory case, but I became transfixed by the sordid history of Joseph Smith and origins of Mormonism. The story was writing in a captivating way and I wanted to throw something when the Meadow Massacre was described. Listen to this book, if you are interested in religion, true crime, the American West, the philosophy of the individual conscience, or the power of religious personal revelation or just want to hear a fascinating historical account.

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Good book was very interesting and informative on some thing s I did not know about Mormonism.

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awful. not much about what happen a ton about Joseph Smith

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Ron M.

Loved this book!

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Tamra Olsen Ivie

Th e book has s bad feeling to it I will not recommend it to any one

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Robin Knourek

Narrator speaks quite fast and you have to really listen to catch everything. The book was great!

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